Late controversy as Orlando and New England draw 2-2
(Reuters) - A late handball call and a no-call punctuated a controversial 2-2 draw between Orlando City and New England Revolution in Major League Soccer on Sunday.
The Orlando City Lions looked set to reap the benefits of a contentious stoppage time goal by midfielder Kevin Molino, who appeared to knock the ball with his arm onto his foot before putting it in the back of the net to give the home team the lead.
But the Orlando advantage was wiped out with only seconds remaining, after referee Baldomero Toledo called a handball on Orlando midfielder Servando Carrasco, an equally debatable decision considering the ball his hit shoulder.
The referee originally awarded a free kick just outside the box, but changed his call after consulting an official and awarded a penalty.
The decision allowed Lee Nguyen to convert a spot kick for New England and tie it up for the visitors.
The raucous crowd then rained debris onto the field and there was a fiery exchange between coaches Jay Heaps and Adrian Heath and officials as teams left the arena.
"There was a lot of emotion at the end but I thought it was a really good battle between two good teams," Revolution coach Heaps told reporters.
"I was trying to tell the referee there was stuff being thrown on the field and I was worried for my players' safety. It felt like things had spiraled out of control.
"Adrian (Heath) was upset with me and I was upset with him for not letting me protect my players. Continued...